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Since our establishment in 1991 we have made it our aim to provide our clients with a lasting memory of a journey made with like-minded travellers. Unlike most travel companies our range of trips is constantly evolving shaped by world events, new discoveries, festivals, historic themes and out of the ordinary human endeavours and we have searched for new and unusual destinations in the far flung corners of the world so that we will always have something different to offer the well travelled.

Noble Caledonia’s raison d'être has from our earliest days been to offer varied cruises on vessels of a certain style and size. Such small ships allow us to create itineraries and an onboard ambience that is conducive to exploring the world and learning of its wonders in the company of like-minded travellers.  It is our view that the best way to achieve this ideal is to limit the number of passengers to such a size that allows the camaraderie to grow between passengers thereby creating a warm and friendly atmosphere onboard. Small numbers onboard also allow the crew and staff to provide a more personal and caring service, something which is not feasible on larger vessels.

The company’s success has been built on providing an informative yet relaxed atmosphere onboard combined with a true spirit of adventure. Amongst the wealth of information on this site you will not find a seemingly endless series of similar itineraries, but many one-off voyages that can transport you to the most interesting and often little known places where only small ships can venture.

We aim to offer many types of trips from expedition cruising, small ship cruising, cruises under sail and river cruising. Every year we re-invent our long list of trips keeping some of the most popular but always offering something new.  In addition to our first love which is small ships, we also offer journeys by private plane, private train and escorted worldwide tours.

Each year our horizons widen and we hope whilst exploring our website you will find ample evidence of why Noble Caledonia is the world’s leading small ship cruising expert. Whether you join one of the trips close to home in the Hebrides or in far flung Papua New Guinea you will be assured of a warm welcome onboard and a team of knowledgeable expedition staff and guest speakers that will make your journey an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Fortunately, we are never short of ideas and are determined to always be able to offer something new and unique. Our team of itinerary planners are constantly researching new routes, listening to the comments made onboard and seeking ways of making every trip a totally rewarding experience. Sometimes, the success is down to selecting the best possible onboard team and guest speakers for the region and on other trips it is the detailed planning of the shore excursion programme that makes the most of the time ashore. We are indeed fortunate to have such a dedicated team with a wonderfully broad knowledge that allows us to be the most creative company in the field of small ship cruising.

We pride ourselves on offering a personalised service which ensures the smooth running of your holiday booking from the first phone call to our office until you return back home from your trip. This is one of the reasons many people travel with us regularly and recommend us to their friends and family. Last but not least, we aim to ensure value for money with all the trips we offer, whether it be a an escorted European break or a month cruising around Antarctica.

As Michael Palin observed-“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”.

Yours aye,

Andrew Cochrane, Founder & Director

Our Onboard Experts

Commodore Loyalty Club


We have been offering unique small ship cruises and worldwide escorted tours for over 30 years and nothing pleases us more than ensuring that we continue to exceed our guests’ expectations. We are honoured that so many of our clients come back to travel with us time and time again (our Sky vessels frequently sail with 70% repeat guests on board) and trust us enough to refer us to their family and friends.



Below is a small selection of recent testimonials to find out what some of our past guests have to say about their experience with us...

  “Thank you for organising our recent cruise on MS Hebridean Sky from Palma Mallorca to Valletta, Malta, your first post-pandemic International cruise. It was a most enjoyable cruise to some islands we had visited previously with NC, and to other islands we were not familiar with. From the pre-departure check list with the list of required documents, the ‘Fit to Fly’ test at the Sofitel Hotel, T5 & the charter flight to Mallocra to the on-board assistance provided by the NC team, everything was excellent & ran smoothly. However we realise that, like a swan on the river, the smoothness on the surface hid the efforts under the surface, and we wished to express our sincere thanks for your outstanding team effort.” Shirley & Tony Sherrard, High Wycombe (October 2021)

  “I am so impressed with the way the Company dealt with all of this [Covid 19] and the patience of telephone staff, not to mention your refund policy. The way you cope with adversity is the difference between the others and you and why you have such brand loyalty.” Mr Bernard Crocker, Surrey (May 2021)

 “My husband and I would like to thank all the team at Noble Caledonia and all on Island Sky for a wonderful holiday out of Liverpool on 26th June. This was our first sea going cruise with Noble - it was long awaited and like many folks we began to wonder if it ever would happen - and it did. Yes with a different itinerary, different dates and different length - it was wonderful, everything we had hoped for and more. Alright, we couldn't land in Scotland but the weather was good and the Zodiac expeditions outstanding especially village bay on St Kilda and the calm waters of early morning at Staffa. We visited places we had never been to before - Northern Ireland, Lundy, the Isles of Scilly. There was a real sense of adventure as we made our first real forays away from home after all the restrictions of COVID. At all times we felt safe and well looked after.” Mr & Mrs Breingan, Glasgow (July 2021)

  “My wife and I have just recently returned from a trip on board the MS Island Sky disembarking in Troon on the 5th of October. We have done many many journeys with Noble Caledonia but I have to admit we were a little apprehensive at the start of this trip. However I wish to compliment you and your team on the way that the whole trip was organised particularly with regard to the Covid measures that you had introduced.” Mr Jeffrey Adams, London (October 2021)

  “It's great working with NC, as you are so responsive and accommodating. I really have a sense of 'peace of mind' with your organization. I witnessed first hand the rapidity at which you provided refunds for cancelled cruises. I have not had any other cruise line perform to the high level of customer focus which NC has. NC is now the only tour operator I check daily for new itineraries!” Ms Joanne Brazeau, Quebec, Canada (April 2021)

  “We would like to express our thanks to you and your teams for all their patience and help over the years, the attention to detail and personal service you offer is truly comforting and no query however small or repetitive is dismissed. We feel in safe considered hands, as much as anyone can. Bless you all and thank you again for your help and time.” Mrs Penny Eisen, Hertfordshire (May 2021)

  “My wife and I have just returned from an excellent cruise and feel compelled to write to you to tell you what a success it was and to personally thank you. We were delighted to be with guests who had a real interest in wildlife and particularly to be in the company of five couples who had returned with us from the Falklands after our part-aborted cruise in March last year. We were delighted to have Hannah Lawson as our expedition leader and with the quality of the other Zodiac drivers. The staff who cleaned the cabin were excellent as usual. We know that you cannot take all the credit for the wonderful weather, but it was not just that which contributed to make it a memorable holiday.” Mr David Lloyd, Brecon, Wales (July 2021)

  “Having arrived back from Oporto on Saturday afternoon, I have to congratulate Noble Caledonia on the excellence of all the intricate travel arrangements. My IT competence is at the lowest imaginable level – left on my own I could never have generated the essential heap of paperwork. From arriving at the Sofitel early on Saturday the 4th until our return a week later, your team were fantastic lifting all my worries! As a businessman I understand how intricate this entire operation was, let alone the adverse cost implications. The charter flight was particularly appreciated. A big thank you to everyone involved both on the ground and in the back-office.” Mr Michael Allan, Middlesex (September 2021)

  “We would like to thank all at Noble Caledonia and your agents and staff in Portugal for the way the [Douro] river cruise was managed. It was a great success.  It cannot have been an easy task but the fact that all the passengers tested negative on the penultimate day is evidence that all the planning and on-site organising worked well.” Mr & Mrs Bayton, Surrey (September 2021)